First Timers at the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival
EOIs now open

First Timers at the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival

EOIs now open

Navigating a marketplace takes experience, especially as we all learn how best to engage internationally in the digital realm, and adjust to the rapid changes in our sector over the last year. In 2021, APAM is continuing its long-running First Timers program for first time attendees to provide guidance, support and tools to enhance your experience of the APAM Gathering at Darwin Festival.

The First Timers program matches experienced leaders in market development with a small cohort of first timers in a program to navigate the market. Through this program First Timers experience deeper engagement in the Gathering and an expanded network, as well as confidence and strategic approaches towards national and international engagement.

The program will include guest speakers on effective digital engagement, market intelligence, and long-term thinking in the current environment, as well as practical workshopping in small groups. First Timers will be part of the Digital Gathering program, so you can be part of it wherever you are located. There will also be an additional session in Darwin for those attending in real life.


First Timers is open to Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and international participants who have an active artistic practice as an Artist/Maker, Producer or Presenter in your own country and have not attended APAM before. A delegate pass must be purchased online by 26 July 2021 in addition to the completion of the EOI form.

If you have any queries about First Timers, please email To see the program outline, click here.


+ The deadline for EOIs has been extended to midnight AEST, Monday 26 July 2021.
+ Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 29 July.

First Timers is supported by Creative New Zealand, the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, and Canadian Heritage.